Waismann on Fiction and Its Objects

  • Graham Priest
Part of the History of Analytic Philosophy book series (History of Analytic Philosophy)


In the early 1950s Waismann wrote two essays entitled ‘Fiction’ and ‘A Note on Existence’. These were subsequently published in his Philosophical Papers (Reidel, 1977). In these papers he makes various claims concerning fictional objects. The topic of the paper was ground-breaking at the time. The point of the present paper is to discuss what he say about matters. It argues that the core claims of each paper are mistaken, though a number of Waismann’s arguments make points that were subsequently to be made more famous by others writing on the philosophy of language.


Fiction Lies Truth Ambiguity Proper names Covert descriptions Kripke 


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  • Graham Priest
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  1. 1.CUNY Graduate CenterNew York CityUSA
  2. 2.Melbourne UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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